VIDEO: Bob Joyner remembers his days as a lifeguard in the ‘50s and ‘60s

07/01/2013 6:02 PM

07/02/2013 10:05 AM

Bob Joyner and his family moved to Myrtle Beach in 1947, just nine years after the city became a city. He was 7.

When he graduated from Myrtle Beach High School in 1958, he knew exactly how he wanted to spend his summers in Myrtle Beach.

“When I turned 18 I wanted to work on the beach,” he said. “The way I love the beach and the water, the sand and salt, the smell and the breeze, it was just perfect for me.”

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Joyner, who worked for Moultrie Ladd’s Charter Beach Service from 1958 to 1961, said he had fun working as a lifeguard, which he referred to as a prestigious job.

“We loved it,” he said. “All the girls wanted to date a lifeguard.”

But things have changed, he said. In the ‘50s and ‘60s, when it was a rainy day – as it was on Monday at 2nd Avenue Pier – they could close up shop and call it a day.

“They can’t do that now,” he said. “We could close our stand up and … go to the Ocean Plaza Hotel, [which] had a Marine Room downstairs. It was a bar with a big dance floor and a juke box. We could all go down there and get an early start on the evening.”

Joyner moved away in the 1960s but returned in 1974, working for some years in the restaurant business and then health insurance before retiring.

“I always knew I’d retire here,” he said.

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